7 Friendly Work Environments for People with Dyslexia
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7 Friendly Work Environments for People with Dyslexia
Dyslexia can be a frustrating condition, especially when the person managing it is working through school or trying to find a career. Depending on their interests, certain jobs might seem inaccessible.
While we believe that anyone can work any job that they set their minds to, if you suffer from dyslexia, you might be looking for good careers for dyslexics specifically. It's reasonable to not want to make your life any harder than it has to be.
But what are the best dyslexia jobs that you can get into?
Dyslexics work in all kinds of positions, but if you want to work in a dyslexia-friendly environment, keep reading to learn 7 of the best jobs for you and your condition.
1. Graphic Designer
People who are dyslexic tend to be visual thinkers and learners. This means that they excel in areas that are visual-heavy.
A dyslexic adult that enjoys art, color, drawing, and design may want to pursue a career as a graphic designer.
Graphic designers can work in many different ways. While traditionally we think of graphic designers working solo or through agencies as freelancers, many companies now have on-staff graphic designers to design their products and promotional material.
Graphic designers make everything from social media posts and email templates to tee shirts and business cards.
If you have a preferred field, you can likely work alongside it with your graphic design.
Graphic designers don't need a college education, but many have one in order to enhance their skills. They do need a portfolio of strong design work and a creative mind.
Let's face it: just because you're a visual thinker doesn't mean you have the drawing skills to be a graphic designer. We don't all have the art gene!
There is plenty of room for photographers in the world though, and like designers, they play many different roles.
Some photographers go straight to independent work, starting with portraits and leading up to wedding photography (which is challenging, but quite lucrative if you're truly fantastic at what you do).
Other photographers prefer to work on a smaller scale, taking photos for real estate agents and businesses.
Photographers don't need formal education, but they do need a good eye and some expensive gear. You can rent photography equipment while you're learning, but you'll eventually want to splurge on a good DSLR or mirrorless camera and several kinds of lenses.
This is a pretty broad umbrella term, but dyslexic adults make good entrepreneurs.
Self-starting and delegation are key skills for any successful entrepreneur, and people with dyslexia often have them.
As children, they're often asking for help with common tasks, priming them for an adult career in which they have a managerial or control role. They also have to work harder for the same results as non-dyslexic children, making them great self-starters and ambitious workers.
Entrepreneurs don't need any kind of degree, though a business degree is helpful. They need ambition and a touch of luck.
Visual thinking and awareness don't have to be associated with art careers. If you're looking into the trades, you may want to investigate carpentry.
A carpenter is going to be thinking visually as they do their work with physical materials.
Carpenters may work independently, or they can work with construction companies. They may also start a business selling their own products.
Carpenters might make furniture, signs, or parts of buildings.
This is a trade, so you may need an apprenticeship before you can get started, but you don't need a college education to become a carpenter.
Architects, like carpenters, are visual without necessarily being "artsy" (though some are).
An architect will put a dyslexic's spatial thinking to good use when they're developing plans for new structures. Strong visual thinkers can better place objects in space, which is important for an architect.
You'll be able to understand how objects interact and how they may look beside each other.
Architects often have some kind of formal training. A college degree in design or architecture (depending on the offerings of the university) might be necessary to get your foot in the door.
6. Computer Repairperson
Visual thinkers excel in jobs where they get to physically interact with technology. While they may not excel in all areas of IT, jobs where they get to see and feel the problems can be great.
A career in tech isn't out of reach, though it may look different than you were anticipating.
Repairing computers takes a strong analytical mind, but the visual and spatial thinking of the dyslexic adult can help to identify problems and formulate ways to fix them quickly.
Computer repair may need a college degree, but if you have enough experience working with your own technology, you might be able to squeeze by without one.
7. Urban Planner
Urban planning is a great career, and it's one that's incredibly fulfilling. You get to work alongside the government to design functional communities and community spaces. The work that you do has a direct impact on the world around you.
Like architects, urban planners need to know how buildings and structures coexist in space. They need a mental map, so to speak.
Visual and spatial thinkers have an easier time constructing that map, making them perfect candidates for this career.
Urban planners generally need a master's degree. They may also need a certificate or some government experience.
Dyslexia Jobs: Are These Careers for You?
All jobs can offer you accommodations for your condition, but these dyslexia jobs should help you excel with the special skills and qualities that you've adapted.
There are careers in all kinds of fields and requiring all levels of education that can be dyslexia-friendly. You don't have to limit yourself.
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